When thinking about Z12 and all the possibilities, here are some interesting factsabout Bernardini. 2006 was the only year he raced. But, what a year he had!He won Withers Stakes April 29, Preakness Stakes May 20, Jim Dandy Stakes July 29 , Travers Stakes August 26, Jockey Club Gold Cup October 7, Breeders Cup Classic November 4.Plus he ran in 2 Maiden races in January & March. 4th and then a 1st This is one impressive list of wins. It also shows his endurance & soundness racing almost monthly that year.Hugs, Keta
Does anyone think it's strange that people got mad at Bernardini for winning the Preakness when Barbaro broke down? I thought it just silly that anyone could blame him for winning that day. I adored Barbaro and still do, but some folks actually disliked Bernardini because of what happened.
I think the only reason Bernardini is such a popular stud right now, is because his father --of whom he is nearly the spitting image of conformationally -- was recently pensioned. But I do believe that, if Pulpit were still alive..... He would have Bernardini beat by a mile at stud.
And it was breeding to Bernardini that finally gave Barbaro, and all his brothers, a baby sister.